Category Archives: Safety

Motorcycle Helmet Technology Heading the Way to Safer Riding

Motorcycle helmets have come a long way since Hopper and Fonda were Easy Riders. When compared with the padded leather caps or strapless plastic helmets of yesteryear, the helmets of nowadays are technological wonders offering genuine protection against the threat of serious head injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association says that helmets today they are 37% and 41% effective in preventing fatal injuries in riders and passengers respectively. Case in point, the NHTSA says that helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclist lives in 2008. The Snell Foundation says that helmets act as shock absorbers absorbing the energy caused by collisions, keeping the energy from impacting the brain.    

Harder shells, more effective absorbing liners, chin straps, wider ranges of vision and lighter and stronger materials have all combined to make motorcycle helmets what they are today.

Harley Recalls Quarter Million Bikes

Harley Davidson has issued a recall for 250,000 of its 2009-12 motorcycles. The recall addresses possible rear brake issues on the Touring, CVO Touring, and Trike models. The main issue is that excessive heat from the exhaust system can cause a malfunction in the rear brake light switch. ”The excessive heat may cause the switch…Continue Reading

NHTSA Orders Company To Stop Making Motorcycle Helmets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent a cease and desist order to motorcycle helmet manufacturer  Advanced Carbon Composites (ACC) after having to issue recalls on all of its models since it began production. The company has offered four models to the American market, and the NHTSA has recalled them five different times.…Continue Reading

Motorcycle Injury Statistics From The NHTSA

Motorcycle riders all know that they are more apt to have a deadly crash than those who drive cars. It is a risk they take by operating a vehicle that is not enclosed, but how often do motorcycle accidents actually occur? Here are some of the most recent data released by the National Highway Traffic…Continue Reading

Protect Your Egg With A…Cardboard Helmet?

It already works in packaging. A little bit of custom cut cardboard can protect many packages. One company asks ”why not your head?”. Kranium has begun marketing their new helmet under that very notion. The helmets use a hard shell like most helmets, but fill the underside with custom cut cardboard ribbing to insure safety…Continue Reading

Folding Motorcycle Helmets On The Horizon

For those of you who have gotten tired of lugging your motorcycle helmet with you everywhere you ride, the solution could be on the horizon. Jessica Dunn, after an extended tour of Indonesia on the back of a motorcycle, designed a folding helmet that fits into a backpack. Apparently, you can not walk away from…Continue Reading

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Public Safety departments across the nation are reminding drivers to keep an eye out for their two-wheeled counterparts. Additionally, there are a few things that motorcycle riders should keep in mind throughout the season. There are nearly 40 million motorcycles in the United States and here are a…Continue Reading

Lawmakers Want A Federal Focus On Motorcycle Safety

Traditionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has lobbied state legislatures to enact helmet, goggle, and other safety measures for motorcycles. Lawmakers want the agency to switch from lobbying to action. As he did last year, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and a few colleagues plan to introduce a resolution to continue a ban…Continue Reading